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Raytheon launches Hawker 900XP, 750

 - November 7, 2006, 9:37 AM

Raytheon has announced a broadening of its Hawker product line by introducing the Hawker 900XP and the Hawker 750, both derivatives of the Hawker 850XP. The models will replace the Hawker 850XP when they begin entering service next year.

At a press breakfast yesterday, Raytheon commercial aircraft president Brad Hatt described the 900XP and 750 as models designed “to leverage the success of the Hawker 800 series cabin” by “meeting customer needs and expectations” in the midsize and super-light-mid jet markets. We recognized that there was a product gap between our Hawker 400XP light jet and midsize Hawker 850XP,” said Hatt in an earlier interview. To enter this segment–one already occupied by the Citation XLS and Learjet 45XR, priced in the $11 million to $12 million range–Raytheon is offering the $11.95 million Hawker 750, with certification and deliveries expected to begin in next year’s first quarter.

The 750 is in essence an 850XP, without winglets and ventral fuel tank, which reduces the range to 2,080 nm (NBAA IFR reserves), but allows additional aft-fuselage baggage, bringing the total area to 91 cu ft. Hatt emphasized the importance of the cabin. “The cabin sells the Hawker,” he said, pointing out the 750 cabin is wider and longer than those of the Citation XLS and Learjet 45XR, with a total of 200 cubic feet more space. “It is a true coast-to-coast airplane,” Hatt said. “It’s a game-changing airplane with a midsize cabin at light-jet prices.” Raytheon has added digital pressurization to the new model, but the 750 retains the Rockwell Pro Line 21 avonics of the 850XP.

The Hawker 900XP will do considerably more than simply put a new “face” on the 850XP.  New Honeywell TFE731-50R engines will provide direct climb to FL410 and 200 additional nautical miles in range, taking six passengers more than 2,800 nm (NBAA IFR). This gives the $13.9 million 900XP one-stop New York-to-Honolulu range. The TFE731-50R was certified this month and has been flat-rated from 5,000 pounds of thrust to 4,600 pounds.

-Chad Trautvetter contributed to this report